Release Date: November 27, 2018
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Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. …
Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes.
Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away.
Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.
Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other
I love to bake, so when I heard about a cute contemporary romance set at a cooking school in Paris, I immediately added Love a la Mode to my TBR.
Rosie and Henry meet on the airplane not their way to Paris. It’s love at first sight as they bond over a baking magazine and then as they realize they are both heading to the same prestigious culinary program. Once they start their training, both run into different troubles. Rosie is an expert baker, but she is having difficulty with the cooking assignments. Henry grew up in his dad’s restaurant, but he has to fight just as much as everyone else for a chance to continue next semester (while also feeling jealous over Rosie’s relationship with another student).
If you’re a fan of cooking shows and cute romances, Love a la Mode is for you! You’ll fall in love with the story as you watch Rosie and Henry fall for each other. I loved how they had an instant connection, but how they didn’t get together right away. Their relationship grew as they went through some ups and downs before finally coming together. There is a ton of miscommunication between the two, but they truly are adorable together.
A highlight of the book was all the different students at the school. The students come from all different parts of the world and from different backgrounds. I loved seeing all of the characters connect with each other and form such a great friend group and dynamic. Plus, it’s so neat how talented each one is with cooking and how their different backgrounds affect how they cook. You’ll definitely be hungry for all of the delicious foods mentioned in the book!
Overall, Love a la Mode is an adorable and fluffy read! Fans of Anna and the French Kiss will love this charming story set in Paris.
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for a honest review.*
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It’s Not Me, It’s You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink; Confederates Don’t Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.
Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn’t discriminate against any type of pizza. When she’s not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband. Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
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Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerdsays:December 21, 2018 at 7:07 AM
Her books always make me laugh! Can’t wait to pick this one up.
Jordansays:January 20, 2019 at 3:23 PM
Yay!! I hope you love it! I need to read her other books!